Vyapam scam: AIIMS docs to help find cause of scribe’s death

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 22:33 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will soon seek help of medical experts from the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in its Vyapam scam probe to determine whether the death of television journalist Akshay Singh two months ago in Madhya Pradesh was due to any foul play or health reason.

Confirming this, a CBI source told HT, “We have decided to set up a group of experts and specialists from the AIIMS to determine, on the basis of Akshay Singh’s health records, whether his death was due to any ailment or if there was any foul play involved.

There was a speculation earlier that he could have been poisoned as he was in MP while covering the Vyapam scam. The source said, “CBI has gathered medical documents pertaining to Singh’s health record from his family members. CBI has also asked his employers, a Hindi news channel, to provide us his medical records if available with them.”

Once the entire set of medical records is in its possession, the CBI will seek help of the AIIMS’ experts to examine them, along with Singh’s autopsy findings, and arrive at a conclusion as to what might have led to the death, according to the source. The experts will also examine a suspicion that Singh’s death could have been due to any heart ailment or a heart attack, said the source.

No internal or external injuries were found on Singh’s body as per the autopsy report though it gave no opinion on the cause of the death.

Singh died on July 4 shortly after collapsing while talking to the father of a medical student late Namrata Damor at her home in MP.

The body of Damor was found near railway tracks in Ujjain more than three years ago with an initial post-mortem suggesting she was murdered though a forensic expert later contradicted it by saying the death could have been accidental.

The CBI in July registered a Preliminary Enquiry to probe Singh’s death and a case to investigate Damor’s death.

Earlier, Singh’s viscera was sent to AIIMS for examination. The Supreme Court in July handed over the scam probe to the CBI after more than 40 accused, beneficiaries, whistleblowers and witnesses died mysteriously.

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